B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
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Day 1-2** | Honolulu – Beijing
We start our vacation by boarding a Direct Flight to Beijing, the huge capital of China and an ancient city of great splendor whose history goes back 3 millennia.
*** Meet at night at the airport on May.31 for our midnight flight. ***
Day 3**| Beijing | (L)
Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, an Air & Sea travel representative will greet us and take us to the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is widely regarded as the noblest example of religious architecture in all of China. This is where emperors came to worship heaven for a bountiful harvest. The design shows that heaven is high and the earth is low and reflects an ancient Chinese saying: ‘the heaven is round and the earth is square’. After that, we will visit a Fresh-water Pearl Shop. After lunch, we will check into our hotel, and either explore the city or enjoy free time on our own.
Day 4**| Beijing | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will walk around Tiananmen Square, probably the largest and most magnificent public square in the world. We will then explore the Forbidden City, the largest and most well-preserved imperial palace and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vast and exotic palace was brilliantly captured in the movie “The Last Emperor”. It was the seat of supreme power for over five centuries from 1416 to 1911. The Forbidden City with its landscaped gardens and numerous buildings with nearly 10,000 rooms containing furniture and works of art constitute a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today, we will have a meal at a special restaurant known for its Buddhist Vegetarian Meal: mock meats and seafood all cleverly created from variations of bean curd. Let’s give it a try. In the afternoon, we get a glimpse into Beijing’s past by visiting the Hutongs (alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences). The word “hutong” is Mongolian in origin, meaning a “water well”. In olden times, digging new wells created new communities. Later it was referred to as narrow streets or lanes formed by quadrangles. A Traditional Rickshaw will take us into a Hutong, where we will visit a local family. We will also see a Guoguo Cricket Show that is definitely another experience worth seeing. Tonight’s welcome dinner features China’s famous Peking Duck, a dish that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for this dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted. The meat, scallions, cucumbers, and a sweet bean sauce are wrapped in a thin pancake before eating it. Sometimes pickled radish and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used. In 2012, The Huffington Post ranked Peking duck number 1 in its list of “10 Foods Around The World To Try Before You Die”.
Day 5**| Beijing | (B, L)
Today’s highlight is the fabled Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders out. China has many things to see, but the one great wonder is the Great Wall. We will learn about its construction 2,000 years ago, and examine first-hand one of the most scenic portions of its 5,500-mile length. The Great Wall is 25 feet tall, 15-30 feet wide and is the largest object ever made by humans. The view is awesome! We will see the exterior of two iconic venues of the 2008 Olympics – the “Bird’s Nest” (Beijing National Stadium) and the “Water Cube” (National Aquatics Center) where American Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals. Then, we will visit a Jade Workshop where we will learn about Chinese jade culture. Our next stop is Wangfujing Street, a large shopping street with lots of restaurants like KFC. We are not accustomed to the non-western style of shopping here, but it is fun to browse.
Day 6** | Beijing – Xi’an | (B, L*, D)
In the morning, board a flight to Xi’an, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Xi’an held that position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. We will visit the City Wall – one of the few ancient city walls still standing in China. It refers to a defensive system used to protect towns and cities in China in pre-modern times. The system consisted of walls, towers, and gates which were often built to a uniform standard throughout the Empire. Enjoy a Dumpling Banquet Dinner and the Tang Dynasty Show. Dumpling, also known as Jiaozi, is commonly eaten and considered part of Chinese Cuisine. Jiaozi typically consists of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped in a thinly rolled piece of dough and then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. Common meat fillings are pork, mutton, beef, chicken, fish, and shrimp, and is usually mixed with chopped vegetables.
Day 7* | Xi’an | (B, L, D)
After enjoying the hotel breakfast, we will visit one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the 20th Century – the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses” is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. Archeologists estimate there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits. For souvenirs, we will visit the Reproduction Factory. Then, we will visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum which has a collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. Then we will transfer to Muslim Street lined with various restaurants and stalls, some specializing in cakes, dried fruit, and snacks. The most famous dishes of Xi’an are available on Muslim Street, including Marinated Meat in a Baked Bun, Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, Bean Threads in Shaanxi Flavoring, and Xi’an Dumplings. Tonight, let’s enjoy a Hot Pot Dinner.
Day 8** | Xi’an – Shanghai |(B, L*)
After breakfast, we will take a short flight to Shanghai, the most populous city in China. Due to its rapid growth in the last two decades, it has again become a global city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, and culture. Upon arrival, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel. We can either explore the city or enjoy free time on our own.
Day 9** | Shanghai | (B)
Shanghai Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Pudong, Shanghai. As the sixth in the world and the second in China (after Hong Kong Disneyland), Shanghai Disneyland holds many records among the Disney parks. It has the tallest theme Castle – Enchanted Storybook Castle, the first garden-designed zone, and the first pirate-themed garden. It also combines movie figures with Chinese culture, like the Chinese Zodiac Murals in the Gardens of Imagination. Visitors can also enjoy classical musicals and stage plays, like Tarzan: Call of the Jungle, Frozen: A Sing-along Celebration, and the Lion King. Mickey’s Storybook Express cruises through the six parks during the day. With inspiring music, the movie figures put on interesting performances on the street and give guests an unforgettable great time. Round trip transportation and admission are included.
Day 10**| Shanghai | (B, D)
Today’s highlight is Shanghai Wild Animal Park, the first national wild animal park established by the Shanghai Municipal Government. The park is divided into two areas: one for walking and one which is accessible only by bus. It is one of the AAAAA national visiting spots and has approximately 10,000 animals such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, White Rhinoceroses, nationally protected Giant Pandas, Snub-nosed Monkeys, and Chinese Tigers. In the bus accessible area, a gentle giraffe elongates his neck and awaits us. We will see the cheetah, the fastest animal in the world with speeds up to 110 km per hour; African lion, the king of beasts; Clumsy bear begging for food from the passing buses; and Majestic tiger watching the passing buses. In the performance hall, we will be entertained by well trained animal actors. They have amazing skills and cooperate with each other. Tonight, we will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Internatioanl airport for our return flight home via Beijing. Tonight, we will enjoy the most popular show – Chinese Acrobatic Show, ERA. Their death-defying acrobatic acts are excellent and should top other shows you may have seen. This 90 minute show with extremely skillful performers is one of the must-do-things or highlights in Shanghai.
Day 11** | Shanghai | (B, L)
The Bund is the Landmark of Shanghai, with many historical buildings along the river. All these buildings were used for government organizations a few years back. Now, there are many restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques in them. This morning, we will explore the Special Economic Zone of Pudong and walk along the East Side of Huangpu River with memorable views of the Bund and PuDong (the new financial district). Afterwards, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower (Second Ball), a TV tower that was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007. It is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. After visiting a Silk Market, we will transfer to the famous Shanghai Children’s Palace, a public facility where children are engaged in extra-curricular activities such as learning traditional Chinese instruments, foreign languages, computing skills and sports. It is an interesting place to visit, where many enjoyable performances will be done by Chinese children. Tonight, a special night tour has been arranged–a Boat Ride on the Huangpu River. We will be treated to a night view of Shanghai with buildings and towers ablaze with colorful lights. Shanghai’s landmark, the Oriental Pearl Tower, is especially bright and clear and stands out at night.
Day 12** | Shanghai – Beijing | (B, L, D*)
After breakfast, we have free time to explore the city in the morning. We will have Dim Sum Meal for lunch. After that, we will visit the Bazaar or Open Market at the City God Temple. We can enjoy shopping for souvenirs or checking out food shops. Tonight, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home via Beijing.
Day 13** | Beijing – Honolulu
Our flight to Honolulu leaves after midnight, ending our wonderful tour in China.
*Shanghai Dim Sum *Peking Duck
*Buddhist Vegetarian Meal *Dumpling Banquet
* Hot Pot Dinner
*Tang Dynasty Show
*Chinese Acrobatic Show – ERA
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